Tara’s CBR-III Review #47: The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Cannonball Read III: Book #47/52
Published: 2011
Pages: 356 (18,745 total pages so far)
Genre: Young Adult

It’s 1996 and the Internet is new (remember that??). Do you also remember those AOL cds that everyone had at least 50 of? They made great coasters. Anyways, Emma gets this newfangled Internet thing at her house and pops in her free AOL cd. What does he find? Facebook. Actually, Facebook fifteen years in the future. She shows her neighbor (and former best friend — they had a falling out after he professed his love to her and she didn’t reciprocate the feelings), Josh. Together, they realize that they can find out what their future selves are up to and that they can alter the future by their current actions. Josh doesn’t want things to change because he’s married to the local “hot, rich girl”. Emma, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have such a great future no matter how much she changes it.
This was a pretty fun read. I was eleven in 1996, so I remember most of what they were talking about. Sometimes the mid-90s referenced almost felt a little TOO forced (Really? You’re wearing your Doc Martens with a floral dress? How 90s of you!). It’s like they threw a bunch of stuff in there out of nowhere just to say HEY IT’S 1996, REMEMBER??? But if was fun if you remember those days.

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